Coalition To Restore Legitimacy In Yemen: A Prison Was Not Targeted In Sa'dah, Will Present All Facts And Detailed Information To The JIAT Regarding The Houthi Militia's Claim That The Coalition Targeted A Prison    Algeria Records 2,130 New Cases of Coronavirus    Joint Saudi-US exercise concluded in the Eastern Province    Stellar speaker line-up at Leap conference in Riyadh    Tata Group takes over India's loss-making national carrier    Ukraine crisis: West threatens to ax Russia gas pipeline    KSrelief Distributes More than 24 Tons of Food and Shelter Aid in Kabul, Afghanistan    KSrelief Supervisor General Meets with Ethiopian Finance Minister    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,179 Points    Royal Order: February 22 of every year shall be designated to mark commemoration of Saudi State founding under "Founding Day" name, and shall be an official holiday    Federation of Saudi Chambers Calls for Preparing Roadmap for Arab-Russian Economic Relations    Booster dose: Saudi Arabia updates Covid immunization status starting Tuesday    Saudi Arabia reiterates its warning to violators of isolation and quarantine instructions    Prince Andrew denies close friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell    Australian scientists find 'spooky' spinning object in Milky Way    Biden expected to nominate first black woman to US Supreme Court    Salah helps Egypt beat Ivory Coast in shootout at African Cup    'Orange is the New Black' actress Kathryn Kates dead at 73    Jordan's Army Kills 27 Drug Smugglers on Border with Syria    Egypt Records 1910 New Cases of COVID-19    All remaining slums in Makkah to be developed soon    Indian community marks Republic Day with patriotic fervor    GACA, KACST sign MoU to establish a center for research & development    British driver Sam Bird sets sight on more triumphs in Saudi Arabia 2022 Diriyah E-Prix    PIF unveils leading gaming and e-sports group    RCU launches direct flights from Paris to AlUla    Saudi Stock Market Index Ends High At 12,182 Points    Royal Commission in Yanbu Achieves Arab Award for Operation and Maintenance    Sir Elton John postpones US shows after positive Covid-19 test    Bollywood's Shilpa Shetty cleared of obscenity over Richard Gere kiss    At least six killed in Cameroon stadium stampede    General Court of Audit President Inaugurates 8th Conference for Internal Audit with Int'l Participation    Taylor Swift slams Damon Albarn over songwriting comments    Omani National Football Team Arrives in Jeddah to Meet Saudi National Team    Saudi Handball Team Loses to Qatar in Main Round of 2022 Asian Men's Handball Championship    Eighth Season of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to kick off in Diriyah    20th Asian Handball Championship Main Round to Kick off Tomorrow    Riyadh's Qualitative Events Enrich its Winter, Attract World Attention    SFDA: Fat is a Source of Energy and Its Abundance is Linked to Chronic Diseases    Reflections on celebration of Christmas    Royal Commission for AlUla to Hold Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022, Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo    Saudi Arabia's Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Organizes a Dance Theatrical Show for Children    Saudi Arabia rebuffs UN resolution on 'sexual orientation'    Kabir Khan eyes on joint Indian – Saudi film projects    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Australian PM says he won't take 'sledging' from France over submarine deal
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 02 - 11 - 2021

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he wouldn't "cop sledging" from France as he defended his position over a broken submarine deal that launched a diplomatic crisis.
The comments came after French President Emmanuel Macron accused Morrison of lying to him about scrapping a multi-billion-euro French contract for a pact with the United States and the United Kingdom that would provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
The defence pact, unveiled in September, resulted in France withdrawing its ambassadors in Washington and Canberra.
In response to a question from a journalist in Rome about whether Macron thought Morrison had lied, the French president replied "I don't think, I know."
Macron had emphasised just beforehand that he had "a lot of respect" and "friendship" for the people of Australia.
Morrison responded by saying he wouldn't take "slurs" or "sledging".
"I must say that I think the statements that were made questioning Australia's integrity and the slurs that were placed on Australia, not me, I've got broad shoulders I can deal with that, but those slurs, I'm not going to cop sledging of Australia," Morrison said.
Morrison also defended the deal as protecting Australia and meeting the country's "strategic needs" in a "complex" region.
"I make no apology for it. I need to ensure that Australia has the best submarine capability in one of the most complex parts of the world in the Indo-Pacific," Morrison said, adding that there had been delays in the contract with France's Naval Group and, that despite reaction from the French government, Australia had decided to pursue an "alternative."
US President Joe Biden aimed to ease tensions with France over the submarine deal in a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 over the weekend.
The US president said that "what we did was clumsy", stating that the deal was "not done with a lot of grace."
"I was under the impression that France had been informed long before," Biden added.
An Australian newspaper recently reported that Morrison had tried to inform Macron about the defence pact ahead of its announcement but that the French president was not available.
Australia's opposition Labour leader Anthony Albanese suggested Morrison may have leaked the private text message from Macron, and criticised a breakdown in relations between Australia and democratic allies. — Input from Euronews

Clic here to read the story from its source.